Artist paints dolphin murals to protest killings

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 18 2010 05:13 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2010 01:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines - One artist is calling attention to the slaughter of dolphins in Japan by painting images of dolphins in various establishments in the city.

Dolphin mural by A.G. Sano at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The artist was assisted by student volunteers. Credit: ABS-CBN News

Artist A.G. Saño, together with student volunteers from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, painted a mural showing dolphins on a wall of the school yesterday.

Saño said he plans to paint 23,000 dolphins by the time he is finished with his project.

On Wednesday, Saño will do another dolphin mural on a perimeter wall of Valle Verde Subdivision on Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City.

Saño said the project aims to draw the attention of the public on the killing of many dolphins in Japan.

According to the website SaveJapanDolphins.org, dolphins are being slaughtered by fishermen in the small town of Taiji for the meat. Other dolphins are being captured for aquariums and dolphin shows.

The slaughter of dolphins occurs annually from September to March.

Many schools have pledged support for Saño's campaign, and allowed him to paint murals on their walls. -- Report from ABS-CBN News